2015 Human Rights Day poster competition

The International Bill of Human Rights (PDF), which consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the two Covenants, was drafted as “a common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations.” It was the first time in human history that a document spelled out the basic civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all humans should enjoy.

The poster competition will reflect the theme of Freedom, which underpins the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the two Covenants. The posters should focus on the core values of the two Covenants and the International Bill of Human Rights: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

The four core freedoms that are the building blocks of human rights are:  Freedom from fear; Freedom from want; Freedom of opinion and expression; Freedom of thought, conscience and religion. In addition, other freedoms include the Freedom to work; Freedom to have an adequate standard of living;  Freedom of movement;  Freedom of equality of all people before the law.

Eligibility: The competition is opened to school-age children in two categories:

  • Primary school, ages 5-11
  • Secondary school , ages 12-18

A poster from each category will be selected for use for the Two Covenants Campaign, which runs through December 2016.

The competition is open to all schools, including vocational training institutions and any special schools.

If you have any questions regarding the competition, please contact freedomcampaign@ohchr.org

Download 2015 Human Rights Day poster competition Submission Form (PDF).